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decides she's tired are being the maid. and to send a message to her kids, she goes on strike. jessica stillwell stopped cleaning up after her daughters to prove a point. she documented the experience on her blog day by day. it shows the mess. wow. it just keeps growing and growing. for almost an entire week. until her family finally caught on. >> i'm pretty strict. my kids have responsibility and accountability within the home. it's not like i did this to teach them now. i taught them for a very long time. but it was slipping because our family was so busy. i don't want a generation of kids who are entitled, and just have -- don't have real life skills to be well rounded adults. >> jessica's daughters say the strike reminded them to appreciate everything their mom does. hear that? sons and daughters out there? you can check out jessica's blog for yourself, just go to nbcwashington.com and search mom strike. slipping, that's -- >> that's disgusting. >> yeah. >> that's pretty disgusting. >> you can almost smell it. >> but it did make the point. >>> speaking of points, the game is over.
. >> investigators gathered friday to announce the worst had happened to 10-year-old jessica ridgeway. >> with a great deal of sorrow in my heart, i regret to inform you that the body that was found has been positively identified as jessica ridgeway, the missing girl from westminister. >> the body was disz covered several miles away and nearly a week after jessica disappeared while walking to school. it follows air and ground searches by hundreds of volunteers who came to the aid of grieving family. >> you don't want any parent, any parent, any parent to ever experience in their whole entire life. >> so, now, the search shifts to suspects. >> i want to stress that we recognize that there is a predator at lanrge in our community. >> the kidnapper and killer could be someone jessica or her family knew. and the f.b.i. is putting four dozen agents on the case to help make an arrest. >> the commitment of the task force of investigators in this case will not waiver. and our commitment to resolve to seek justice on behalf of jessica will only grow stronger. >> but until someone is arrested,
in colorado for a missing 10-year-old girl. jessica ridgeway left to go to school friday morning but she never made it. in west colorado, they believe they found a major clue. >> reporter: more than 100 members of law enforcement are sefg for jessica ridgeway. a search that has expanded into neighborhoods. open fields and bodies of water near her home. on sunday her backpack was found about ten mile from the house. it is now being examined by the colorado bureau of investigations. >> they're analyzing that along with dna samples. >> reporter: the fifth grader was last seen walking to school friday morning. >> we have some witness information that really make us believe at 8:30, she was on her way to school. that she did not make it. >> reporter: jessica's school is about a third of a mile from her home. police say her mother who works overnight, was home sleeping when the school left a message to say jessica had not arrived on campus. jessica's mother reported her missing when she woke up. eight hours after the little girl was last seen on her way to school. >> it is just a real horrible situa
a week-long search, police say the body they found earlier this week is that of little jessica ridgeway, the 10-year-old girl who disappeared after she was headed off to elementary school a week ago. >> i was actually in denver this week when they found the body. unable to identify it. but parents especially very scared, very angry about this whole thing. there is a predator on the loose, a killer. >> the investigation is continuing. we're going to talk about that in a moment. >>> also ahead, with just three days to go until the next presidential debate, the candidates have a busy weekend campaigning and preparing for their next showdown. take a look at how they're getting ready, especially in light of their running mate's performances on thursday night. >> it was a big night. i was in kentucky. a lot going on there for that debate. >>> and space shuttle endeavor normally flies around the globe at more than 17,000 miles per hour. this morning, it is making its way through the streets of l.a. california dreaming at about two miles per hour, inching its way toward the california science c
'll have dramatic new details on the assault that left four americans dead. >>> where's jessica? the patients of a missing 10-year-old girl in colorado open up for the first time about their daughter's disappearance. >> i want her to walk through that back door. i need her to walk back through that door. >> as fbi officials search the girl's home and leave with bags of evidence. >>> and heaven help us. a nun walks into a convenience store and is caught on camera stealing beer. whether she's the real deal or someone in disguise, she's got some confessing to do today, wednesday, october 10th, 2012. >>> from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a wednesday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> good morning, everyone. i'm savannah guthrie. more on the chilling new time line of the deadly attack in libya and today's hearing in a moment, but meantime, in the presidential race, it looks like mitt romney is not the only one you might say is ruffling feathers a bit on "sesame street." >
. this evening police are expected to announce whether the body found in a park is that of 10-year-old jessica ridgeway. as nbc's chris clackum reports, right now investigators are asking for help to track down her kidnapper. >> reporter: colorado authorities haven't said yet whether the remains found outside denver wednesday night are those of 10-year-old jessica ridgeway, but they've already shifted the investigation somewhat to looking for suspects. >> could be your boss, your friend, and ultimately it could be your family member. >> reporter: also, what were searches for jessica are now searches for evidence, that might explain what happened when she disappeared last week while walking to school the last time her mother saw her. >> you don't want any -- any parent -- any parent to -- to ever experience in their whole entire life to learn your child has been taken. >> reporter: the body was discovered several miles away from where jessica lived. but until something definitive is announced, the community struggles. >> it's every parent's worst nightmare. you know, i think everybody's holding
in colorado is speaking out. 10-year-old jessica ridgeway never showed up for school near denver last friday. her mother says the fifth grader got ready for school and left to meet a friend to walk to school, but the friend says jessica never showed up. it was hours before anyone realized the 10-year-old was missing. jessica's mother works a night shift. she says she slept through the call that said jessica never arrived. now she just wants her daughter to come home. >> and then you get the pit in your stomach that you don't want any parent, any parent to ever experience in their whole entire life that your child has just been taken. it is not ever, ever anything i want, ever, any parent to go through. >> a man found jessica's backpack last weekend about six miles from her house. >>> also in colorado, several families of victims of that mass shooting at a movie theater are calling for an investigation into two charities. the families say the groups used names and pictures of victims to raise money without their permission. suspected shooter james holmes faces 140 counts related to that july
have helped us. >> i don't know that a lot of people give it that much thought. >> reporter: jessica anderson at kippinger's personal finance is a pet owner herself who bought pet insurance, but warns, do your research before you buy. >> you want to read every policy that you're considering really carefully. >> reporter: first thing to know, pet insurance will cost about $20 to $50 per month, depending on what options you choose. the higher the maximum payout, the pricier the premium. here's how it works. you pay your vet bill up front and submit it to the insurance for reimbursement. some insurance companies pay a percentage of the vet bill. and you need to know about the deductibles. >> make sure you look at how they treat the deductibles. they can be per visit, it can be per incident, which is different. >> reporter: what will pet insurance cover? >> most of the policies are illness and accident related. >> reporter: preexisting conditions and hereditary disorders are usually not covered. plans that do offer that coverage cost more. if you decide against complete pet insurance, th
>>> good morning. breaking news. is it jessica? a body found just seven miles from the home of missing colorado 10-year-old jessica ridgeway has the desperate search ended in tragedy? we're awaiting a new conference from police. we'll have the latest. >>> duel in danville, joe biden and pau ryan face off in the only vice presidential debate. ryan vowing to take the fight directly to biden. biden looking to get his ticket back on track. this morning, exclusive new poll numbers from the three states that could decide this election. >>> and false alarm. a s.w.a.t. team surrounds justin bieber's los angeles home. turns out, he's the latest victim of a hoax. the third aimed at celebrities in recent weeks. and police are trying to find who's behind the string of disturbing pranks today, thursday, october 11th, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning. welcome to today on a thursday morning. i'm savannah gurthrie. >> and i'm matt lauer. the news out of colorado seems to be upsetting. police have yet to say if the body they found is that of 10-year-ol
the discovery to missing jessica ridgeway who lived seven miles away. we, of course, will keep you updated. >>> people across pakistan stood up to the taliban taking to the streets to attempt the condemned murder of a 14-year-old girl shot in the head after blogging about girls' rights. she is reported to be out of immediate danger but doctors are considering moving her to a hospital bed in islamabad. >>> the massachusetts pharmacy considered to be the source of a deadly meningitis outbreak. they settled a lawsuit a few years ago. they have temporarily suspended operations. >>> after arguments wednesday the supreme court is now deciding whether the university of texas went too far in considering race as a factor in student admissions. >>> texas executed convicted rapist and child killer jonathan green last night despite his attorney's claim green was mentally ill. >>> russia doesn't want the u.s. to continue helping them to secure and dismantle its nuclear arsenal without changes to the deal. >>> meanwhile, russian president vladimir putin is getting some love. they starred in a video all
-old colorado girl missing since friday. jessica ridgeway was last seen walking to school with her classmates. her backpack was found six miles from home. >>> if you are depressed, you're not alone. the world health organization says 350 million people suffer from depression worldwide. >>> jerry sandusky's ramblings were ignored as he was sent to prison for the rest of his life. >>> and this blew up on tuesday, an ongoing problem sings the end of the cold war. >>> and now here's an early look at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow closed 13,473 after dropping 110 poinltsz. s&p dropped 14, nasdaq sank 47. overseas trading this morning, in tokyo the nikkei plunged 173 points while in hong kong the hang seng lost 17. >>> so how will investors react to the unofficial start of earnings season? after the bell alcoa lowered its 25012 outlook for aluminum demand but reported slightly better than expected earnings and revenue. also young brands, the kfc, pizza hut and taco bell parent said it saw strong quarterly sales in china. >>> the international monetary fund said global risks have ris
in a grassy park about seven miles from where jessica ridgeway disappeared, while walking to school. at a news conference this morning, police said they plan to continue searching for jessica. they believe she was abducted and today her parents were ruled out as suspects. the only real clue police have is her backpack found over the weekend six miles from her home, and a water bottle that she had with her. >>> the focus in the race for the white house today turns to the running mates. it is debate night, and vice presidential candidates joe biden and paul ryan will face off this evening in kentucky. unlike a lot of vp debates, this one might make a big difference, because this race is so close now. >> reporter: in danville, the college town that hosts tonight's debate, local voters say they'll tune in. >> i want ryan to be able to express what we want for our country, like romney did in the presidential debate. >> i think it will help obama if joe biden does well. >> reporter: with the debate hall ready at center college, paul ryan arrived, a 42-year-old republican whiz kid set to face a 69-ye
to an a denver-area girl. the items were found miles from jessica ridgeway's home. police intensified their search for jessica this weekend. she was last seen on her way to meet classmates on her way to school but she never arrived. now more from wall street. good morning to you, kayla. >> reporter: wall street is relatively sleeping on this columbus day holiday, but investors are still finding thorns in that relatively positive jobs report from last friday. this week we also have earnings from u.s. companies like jpmorgan chase and the parent company of pizza hut. signs of a slowing economy expected from corporate america there, but that concern, natalie, not hurting the stock market, at least right now. the dow jones industrial average near levels it hasn't seen in five years. back to you. >> kayla tausch at the new york stock exchange, thanks. >>> now a look at what's trending. esquire.com announced sunday that mila kunis has been named its sex i have the woman alive. the 29-year-old actress poses on the magazine's november cover in nothing but a pair of skin tight slacks. >>> magi
or if the search should continue. today marks one week since the disappearance of 10-year-old jessica ridgeway. earlier this week, police discovered a dismembered body in a rural park about seven miles from the child's home. detectives are trying to figure out if the person could be jessica. she hasn't been seen since leaving for school last friday morning. >>> a traffic aleathrt in fairf county now. right after the rush, vdot will shut down the left hov lamp from i-66 eastbound that goes to the inner loop of the beltway. vdot says it needs to close the ramp to finish the express lanes project on time. all traffic will have to use the ramp on the right side of 66 to get on the beltway. construction workers will say, yes, this may cause more backups now, but that should ease up soon. >> we live here. we drive through it. we're a part of the pack. we understand it. but we know the end is near and the opening is coming and there are better times that lie ahead and more options to getting in and around ogden, virginia. >> the hov ramp and express lanes are scheduled to open before the new year. >>
on the investigation. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. as the search for jessica ridgeway enters its fifth day, police have no suspects or persons of interest, but they did find the 10-year-old's backpack which is now being tested as a potential piece of forensic evidence. more than 100 members of law enforcement are searching for jessica ridgeway, a search that has expanded into neighborhoods, open fields and bodies of water near her home. on sunday jessica's backpack was found about six miles from the missing 10-year-old's house. it's now being examined by the colorado bureau of investigation. >> they are analyzing that, along with some dna samples that we took from the family. >> reporter: police say the fifth grader was last seen while walking to school friday morning. >> we do have some witness information that really makes us believe at 8:30 she was on her way to school and that she did not make it. >> reporter: jessica's school is about a third of a mile from her home. police say her mother, who works overnight, was home sleeping when the school left a message to say jessica had not arr
it that much thought. >> jessica anderson is associate editor at kiplinger's personal finance and is a pet owner herself who bought pet insurance but warns do your research before you buy. >> you want to read every policy you're considering really carefully. >> reporter: first thing to know, pet insurance will cost about $20 to $50 per month depending on what options you choose. the higher the maximum payout the pricier the premium. here's how it works. you pay your vet bill up front and then submit it to the insurance for reimburgsment. some insurance companies pay a percentage of the vet bill and you need to know about the deduct ibls. >> make sure that you look at how they treat deductibles. deductibles can be per visit. they can be per incident which is different. >> reporter: what will pet insurance cover? >> most of the policies are accident related and illness related only. >> reporter: preconditions are usually not covered and plans that offer that coverage cost more. if you decide against complete pet insurance there is something called a wellness plan. it covers routine care such
. >>> in colorado, almost 1,000 people spent the weekend searching for a missing 10-year-old girl. jessica ridgeway was reported missing on friday after she didn't show up for her school in denver. yesterday searchers found her backpack about six miles from her home. police are hoping someone in the area may have seen her and will come forward with information. >>> tomorrow former penn state assistant coach jerry sandusky will be sentenced. last month a jury convicted him of molesting boys he met through his charity for at risk children. sandusky's lawyer said he made bad decisions, but he is not guilty of the charges. >> jerry has always said he made bad judgment in all the things that got him accused. having showers with kids, obviously he realized that was not the thing to do. but he still maintains his innocence. >> the 68-year-old sandusky could receive life in prison. >>> iphone fever in this country may be triggering a major labor dispute in china. an overseas labor watchdog says thousands of workers at a plant that builds the new iphone 5 went on strike last night. they were apparently angr
days. jessica ridgeway left for school friday but never showed up. yesterday search crews found her backpack and water bottle on a sidewalk several miles from her home. police hope that children in the area may have seen her and will come forward with information. >>> investigators are blaming friendly fire for a shooting that killed a border agent last week. nicholas ivie died last tuesday. the head of the border patrol agents union said he shot at two fellow agents he thought were armed smugglers. they fired back, killing him. ivie will be laid to rest. he leaves behind a wife and two young daughters. >>> tomorrow a judge will sentence former penn state coach jerry sandusky. earlier this year, a jury convicted sandusky for abusing boys he met through a charity for at risk children. sandusky's lawyer says he made some bad decisions, but sandusky is innocent of all the charges. >> jerry has always said his mistake was using bad judgment and doing some of the things that led up to the accusations, getting showers with kids. he said he should have realized that obviously that isn't th
. police in colorado will give an update about jessica ridgeway's case. right now they will not confirm if the body is the missing girl. she disappeared on her walk to school last week. >>> today we are learning new information into how a man was able to go through airport security with a smoke grenade and other weapons in his luggage. federal agents arrested 28-year-old at the los angeles airport during a layover on his way home to boston from japan. they found all these suspicious items in his luggage. officials in south korea say they screened the man's luggage when he made a stop there but found no hazardous materials. u.s. agents say the smoke grenade violates the u.n. regulations for shipping explosives. harris has a detention hearing tomorrow. >>> syria's government is calling turkey's interception of a syrian passenger plane an act of piracy. military jets forced the syrian air flight, which was headed from russia to damascus to land in turkey. turkish forces believe that plane was carrying military equipment to the syrian president's regime. troops seized the plane's cargo but
the young life of a 10-year-old colorado girl whose body was found yesterday in a nearby park. jessica ridgeway vanished last friday after walking to school. hundreds of people spent the week searching for her and investigators identified her body yesterday. the police chief there says there is a predator at large. >>> victims and the families of victims in the aurora theater shooting attack will soon receive thousands of dollars for the injuries they suffer. a mediator in charge of handling the victims' funds says some families will receive up to $175,000 each. the people injured will get an amount based on the length of hospital stays. there's about $5 million in donations in the fund. the mediator says he hopes to have all the money distributed by november 15th so families have money for thanksgiving. >>> three los angeles police officers are recovering this morning after crashing their car into a home. take a look at this video. the officers responding to a backup call in the area somehow lost control. they crashed through the fence, landed on top of another car. first responders h
. police in colorado will give an update about jessica ridgeway. right now they will not confirm if the body is that of the missing girl. yesterday they say ridgeway was abducted. >>> the state of pennsylvania revoking jerry sandusky's $59,000 pension in the wake of his child sex abuse conviction. sandusky's wife dottie will not be entitled to any benefits either. a lawyer says he plans to fight that decision. on tuesday, sandusky was sentenced to at least 30 years behind bars for molesting ten boys over a 15-year period. >>> the captain of the cruise ship that capsized off the italian coast is suing after he was fired. ske tino is suing for wrongful dismissal and is demanding his job back. he is facing several charges for manslaughter and abandoning ship. he was the captain of the costa concordia. prosecutors say he misled the coast guard about the truex tent of the disaster. >>> this morning we are learning new information into how a man was able to go through airport security with a smoke grenade and other weapons in his luggage. federal agents arrested the 28-year-old at the
a body found near the spot where jessica ridgeway disappeared exactly one week ago. officials say the condition of the body has delayed identification and gave no indication of its age or gender. >>> colorado movie theater shooting suspect james holmes was back in court on thursday. his attorney asked the judge to delay next month's hearing on whether holmes should stand trial until january. the defense wants more time to go through nearly 20,000 pages of evidence. holmes is charged with killing 12 people and wounding 58 others. >>> a winnier for this year's nobel peace prize this morning. in a unanimous designificant the committee awarded this year's prize to the european union for its landmark role in history uniting the continent. the award downplays the current eurozone crisis straining its 17 nations. >>> the cash-strapped u.s. postal service is raising the price of a first-class stamp by one penny to 46 cents. that and other rate hikes take effect jane 27th. the postal service will introduce a new global forever stamp that lets you mill a letter anywhere in the world for $1.
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